Students sleep out to raise funds for homelessness

20 June 2018

150 students from St John Paul II College Canberra will spend tonight at school to raise awareness and funds in support of Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Catherine Rey, Principal of the College, said, “Students from the Social Justice committee were inspired to become involved five years ago when I first put my hand up to sleep out as a CEO.”

“Once they learned more about homelessness, particularly in the ACT, they were determined to do something to assist.”

“There are 1596 people experiencing homelessness in the ACT, 42% of these are under 24,” said Ms Rey.

“Over the last four years, the students and I have raised over $34,000. This year we are aiming to again collect a total of over $10,000 for Vinnies to continue supporting people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.”

“The JPC staff have also been highly committed to this initiative, with many volunteering to supervise the event and sleep out with the students each year. This year we expect about 15 members of staff on the night. Miss Teena Zorzi and Miss Allana Masterson have been coordinating the event this year as facilitators of the Social Justice group and I’m very grateful to them for their commitment,” she said.

The students will link up with the 140 business and community leaders taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout at the National Museum of Australia via a skype call at 8pm.

“We are grateful for the support of all our CEOs, and their sponsors, in enabling us to continue providing much needed support to the vulnerable members of our community,” said Barnie van Wyk, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.

“In 2017, the funds raised from the CEO Sleepout helped to assist 13,795 people at risk or experiencing homelessness across the Canberra/Goulburn region. These funds also helped provide 11,475 instances of support through the Night Patrol Van, and assist 83 people to access tertiary education through the Clemente program,” he said.